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Hearing loss (deafness) may be present at birth or it may manifest later in life. Deafness may be genetic or due to damage from noise. Treatment of deafness depends upon its cause. Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by conditions affecting the:

  • cochlea,
  • eighth cranial nerve,
  • spinal cord, or
  • brain.
Examples of conditions that can lead to sensorineural hearing loss include:
  • Meniere's disease,
  • noise-induced hearing loss
  • hearing loss of aging (presbycusis),
  • nerve injury from syphilis,
  • hearing loss of unknown cause (idiopathic hearing loss),
  • nerve tumors, and
  • drug toxicity (such as aspirin and aminoglycosides).

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